MOIRA – It was a long road trip for the Hermon-DeKalb girls varsity soccer team on Monday, as the Demons made their way to Moira to take on the Brushton-Moira Panthers in an NAC interdivisional matchup.
Neither team solved the others goalie as the the NAC East Division Panthers and the visiting Demons battled to a 0-0 overtime draw. It was the only NAC game scheduled on Columbus Day.
BMC goalies Ashley DeBeer and H-D keeper Chelsey Mackay turned away every shot attempt as the two goalies combined for 13 saves in the dual shutout. DeBeer made seven stops during the game, but just one during the two, 10-minute overtime sessions. Mackay, one of the most active goalies in the NAC, posted six saves, four coming in a busy second half as the Panthers pressure increased, more so as the end of regulation crept closer.
BMC had its biggest offensive flurry inside the final minute of regulation, getting three consecutive corner kicks with Mackay making two of her four second-half saves to turn back the Panthers.
We are having trouble finding the net, explained Brushton-Moira coach Chuck Phippen. Its not that we dont have chances, we are just misfiring, kicking it right at the goalie or just to the outside of the goal.
Such was the case early in the opening half as the Panthers Lindsey McKernan broke past a pair of Hermon-Dekalb defenders and booted the ball about a foot outside the left post. The Panthers also had a golden opportunity at the beginning of the second half and, again, set the sphere just wide of its intended mark.
The Demons (6-4-1 overall) had their scoring chances as well, but DeBeer came up with a couple of big stops, while the defense in front of her thwarted the Hermon-Dekalb offensive chances and limited many attempted shots on goal with solid defensive stops to give their keeper plenty of time to swat the mosquitoes hovering around the field.
DeBeer and our defense has done that all year, kept the opposition from scoring, pointed out Phippen. Thats what has kept us in games all year long, our defensive play, including our goalie.
And it wasnt just the play of his own goalie that caught Phippens eye, but the effort of the Demons keeper.
Hermons goalie is very active, moving outside of the 18 to take away potential breakaways. And their defense played very well, explained Phippen. They kept us to the outside for most of the game.
We did have our opportunities to score, but again, we are having trouble finding the net, added Phippen.
Brushton-Moira played its fourth consecutive game without scoring leader Kenzie Traynor, who may be able to return to the field over the next few days. During that span, the BMC girls team lost one game and tied three – two of which were 0-0 draws and one was a 1-1 tie. The one setback was to state-ranked Chateaugay, 4-0.
Despite the scoring drought, Phippen has the highest confidence in his charges.
Its just a matter of time until the girls start connecting on their shots. I have the utmost confindence in our young strikers, stated Phippen. Once we find it, well be fine.
The 0-0 deadlock leaves the BMC girls sporting a 6-2-3 overall record.